Art & Around for the period Dec. 13-22

By | 2007-12-13T09:00:00-04:00 December 13th, 2007|Entertainment|

Edsel & Eleanor Ford House Events include: “Elegance in Entertaining: Traditions at the Estate” explores the holiday season and its celebrations held at the Ford home (through Jan. 8, 2008; $8); Holiday Dinner & Tour (Dec. 15; $26); and Nutcracker Tea for children (Dec. 14 & 17-18; $12). Open Tue.-Sun. Grosse Pointe Shores: 313-884-4222.


Arab American National Museum Exhibit: “Silver Speaks: Traditional Jewelry of the Middle East” (through March 30, 2008). Open Wed.-Sun. $6 museum admission. Dearborn: 313-582-2266.
The Art Museum at MSU Exhibit: “Marion Post Wolcott Photographs” (through Dec. 14). Open daily. East Lansing: 517-353-9834.
Cranbrook Art Museum Exhibit: “Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future.” Through March 30, 2008. Open Wed.-Sun. $10. Bloomfield Hills: 877-462-7262.
Cranbrook Institute of Science Permanent exhibits include: “Life Changes Over Time”; “Ice Ages Come And Go”; and “Peoples of the Woodlands: Objects of Great Lakes Native America.” Open daily. $8 museum admission. Bloomfield Hills: 248-645-3200.
Crossroads Village & the Huckleberry Railroad A holiday fantasyland that features thousands of sparkling lights, music, horse-drawn sleigh rides, a Victorian Tea and Michigan’s most spectacular moving light display. Dec. 13-16, 18-23, 26-30. Village only: $9; Village & Train: $10-$12. Flint: 810-736-7100.
Detroit Historical Museum New exhibits include: “1920s: Detroit Building Boom” and “Rallying the Home Front: Posters from WWII.” Wed.-Sun. $6 admission. Detroit: 313-833-1805.
Detroit Institute of Arts Now open, the New DIA: More gallery space; more art; more fun, with featured exhibit “Julie Mehretu: City Sitings” (through March 30, 2008). General admission: $8. Open Wed.-Sun. Detroit: 313-833-4005.
Detroit Science Center Exhibit: “Our Body: The Universe Within.” Extended through Jan. 6, 2008. $24.95/adults, $19.95/children; includes general museum admission. Open daily. Detroit: 313-577-8400.
Flint Institute of Arts Exhibit: “The Art of Collecting.” Through Dec. 30. Open Tue.-Sun. $7; Saturdays free. Flint: 810-234-1695.
Greenfield Village Relive the holiday traditions of a bygone era during Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village (Dec. 14-16 & 19-23; $15/adult non-members; $10/children non-members). Village open Fri.-Sun (through Dec. 31). $20. Dearborn: 313-982-6001.
Henry Ford Museum Exhibit: “Best of Friends: Buckminster Fuller and Isamu Noguchi,” which highlights the artistic and architectural works by these two creators. Through Jan. 15, 2008. Open daily. General museum admission: $14. Dearborn: 313-982-6001.
Longway Planetarium Michigan’s largest planetarium hosts numerous programs and activities for people of all ages. $5/adults, $4/children. Flint: 810-237-3400.
Michigan State University Museum Exhibits include “MSU Museum: 150 Years of Discovery”. Open daily; free admission. 517-355-2370.
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit Exhibit: Words Fail Me,” curated by Matthew Higgs, which sends messages in many different forms through 16 art works by 18 re-known artists from Europe, the U.S. and Canada. Through Jan. 20, 2008. Open Wed.-Sun.; free admission. Detroit: 313-832-6622.
Public Museum Exhibit: “The Supremes Reflections: The Mary Wilson Supreme Legacy Collection,” which explores the exciting history of Motown records and the Civil Rights movement. Through Jan. 6, 2008. Open daily. Grand Rapids: 616-456-3977.
Sloan Museum Exhibit: “Rides and Rebels,” a celebration of the adventure, look and lifestyle of motorcycles. Through March 2008. $6. Open daily. 810-237-3450.
University of Michigan Museum of Art Exhibits include: “Persian Visions: Contemporary Photography from Iran.” Through Dec. 30. Free. Open Tue.-Sun. at its temporary UMMA Off/Site location at 1301 South University Avenue. Ann Arbor: 734-763-UMMA.
Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts Exhibits include: Lora Fosberg’s “Dystopia for Daydreamers”; Adrienne Outlaw’s “Fecund Series”; cultural animators The Moving Crew’s “Transfer-Mation” (all through Jan. 18, 2008); and Mary Gaynier’s “No Two Are Alike.” (through March 2, 2008). Grand Rapids: 616-454-3994.


Amazwi Contemporary Art A unique gallery that gives voice to a diverse array of African artists, while broadening appreciation of their talent and understanding of their cultures. Saugatuck: 269-857-5551.
Ann Arbor Art Center Exhibits: “Creativity Camp 2007,” featuring art created by last summer’s Creativity Campers (through Feb. 2008); the life and work of award-winning artist Jean Tracy Amick (through Dec. 31); plus the Gallery Shop features original art from Michigan and regional artists for the holidays (through Dec. 24). Ann Arbor: 734-994-8004, ext. 110.
Biddle Gallery Exhibits: “John Albert Murphy & Students Clay Invitational Holiday Show” (through Dec. 31); plus “Monkey Day,” monkey-inspired art by local artists (Dec. 14 only); and “Trunk Shows Featuring Jewelry and Fiber Artists” (Dec. 21). Open Mon.-Sat. Wyandotte: 734-281-4779.
Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center Exhibit: Ann Loveland’s and Sharon Sommers’ class exhibition. Through Dec. 16. Birmingham: 248-644-0866.
Detroit Artists Market Exhibit: “Detroit Artists Market Annual Holiday Show,” an eclectic mix of handmade items by local artists. Through Dec. 22. Open Tue.-Sat. Detroit: 313-832-8540.
EMU University Art Gallery Exhibit: “Thicker Than Water,” featuring the work of MFA student Gypsy Schindler. Dec. 17-21 in the Student Center. Open Weekdays. Ypsilanti: 734-487-1157.
Focus Hope Gallery Exhibit: “Are We Community: A Linkage Exhibition of Art II,” a thought-provoking exhibit of work created by formerly incarcerated artists presented by the Prison Creative Arts Project. Through Dec. 19. Free. Open during regular business hours. Detroit: 313-494-4376.
Gallery Project Exhibit: “Window Shopping,” a series of highly original holiday installations by five Michigan artists, continues with: Gabe Hillebrand and Andrew Thompson (Dec. 13-22) and Catherine Smith and Thom Bohnert (Dec. 23-Jan. 6, 2008). Ann Arbor: 734-997-7012.
Lawrence Street Gallery Exhibit: “Little Things Mean A Lot,” the second annual small works competition. Through Dec. 28. Open Wed.-Sat. Ferndale: 248-544-0394.
Liberal Arts Gallery Exhibit: “Blue Indigo,” featuring the work of Donald Anderson. Through Dec. 29. Free. Open Saturday afternoons. Detroit: 313-925-9578.
Lowell Area Arts Council Exhibit: “Sleigh Bells & Holly: A Gallery of Fine Art and Gifts.” Through Dec. 22. Open Tue.-Sat. Lowell: 616-897-8545.
Madonna University Gallery An exhibit that presents the work of three area artists: Josephine Primeau, EE Berger and Theodora Marolla. Through Dec. 21. Free. Livonia: 248-875-7332.
Saugatuck Center for the Arts Exhibit: “Fiber Revolution”. Through Dec. 18. Free. Saugatuck: 269-857-2300.
Saper Galleries Exhibit: Michigan Impressions: Oil Paintings by Michael Callihan.” Through Dec. 31. Open Mon.-Sat., plus Sundays through Dec. 23. East Lansing: 517-351-0815.
Sherry Washington Gallery Exhibit: David Fludd’s “New Paintings and Drawings.” Through Dec. 31. Open Tue.-Sat. Detroit: 313-961-4500.
Zeitgeist Gallery and Theatre Exhibit: “Hot Cast,” featuring metal castings by six local Foundry Rats. Through Dec. 29. Open Fri.-Sat.


Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Ring in the holidays with classic and not-so-classic tunes in the annual benefit show “Steppin’ Out V: Civic Does the Season.” Dec. 19 at the Firefly Club’s new location on South Main St. $15-$25. Ann Arbor: 734-971-2228.
Chamber Music Society of Detroit The Opus 9 Series continues with the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio with Kirsten Johnson, viola. Dec. 15 at the Seligman Performing Arts Center on the campus of Detroit Country Day School, Beverly Hills. $43-$75. 248-855-6070.
Clarkston Community Band “Christmas in Clarkston,” a noontime family fun concert. Dec. 15 at Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church, Clarkston. Free. 248-625-8223.
Collingwood Arts Center “Merry TubaChristmas 2007” features tuba and euphonium players of all ages who gather and pay respect to the great teachers and artists who represent their heritage. Dec. 22 at CAC’s Lois M. Nelson Theatre. Free. Toledo: 419-244-2787.
Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings The Holiday Brass concerts will be joined this year by the choirs of Grosse Pointe South and Bloomfield Hills Andover High Schools. Dec. 16 at Christ Church Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills. $35-$40. 248-559-2095.
Detroit Symphony Orchestra The 2007/08 season continues with “Home for the Holidays” (Dec. 13-16; $19-$71); “A Charlie Brown Christmas with Cyrus Chestnut” (Dec. 21; 10-$27); and “The Night Before Christmas,” the National City Young People’s Concert (Dec. 22; $19-$50). Orchestra Hall at the Max M. Fisher Music Center. Detroit: 313-576-5111.
Detroit Together Men’s Chorus “Thanks for the Memories,” the group’s 25th annual holiday concert. Dec. 15 at Berkley High School, Berkley. $15-$18. 248-544-3872.
Farmington Community Chorus The new Farmington Hills Youth Choir will present a special “Family and Friends Concert” to introduce the group to the community (Dec. 12 at Costick Center; free); then the annual Holiday Concert will feature the official debut of the Youth Choir (Dec. 14-15 at Mercy High School Auditorium; $12-$15). Farmington Hills: 248-473-1859.
Flint Symphony Orchestra “Holiday Pops,” a warm and festive musical celebration, features local choral groups and students. Dec. 15-16 at The Whiting. $10-$29. Flint: 810-237-7333.
Ford Comerica Global Thursdays A weekly series of world music concerts continues with International Holiday Marketplace & Fashion Show (Dec. 13). $10-$12. Arab American National Museum. Dearborn: 313-582-2266.
Franke Center for the Arts Ring in the holiday cheer with “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” a weekend of festive fun and fabulous music featuring the area’s most talented performers. Dec. 14-16. $15. Marshall: 269-781-0001.
Lansing Symphony Orchestra Celebrate the season with “Holiday Pops.” Dec. 16 at Wharton Center, East Lansing. $10-$30. 517-487-5001.
Macomb Center for the Performing Arts Enjoy the sounds of the holidays with the Mantovani Orchestra & Chorus. Dec. 16. $35-$45. Clinton Township: 586-286-2222.
Plymouth Symphony Orchestra “Home for the Holidays” is a new yuletide tradition in downtown Plymouth. Dec. 20 at the Penn Theatre. $25. Plymouth: 734-451-2112.
Rackham Symphony Choir The annual “Too Hot To Handel” returns, melding gospel, jazz, rhythm and blues with the help of an all-star ensemble of Detroit Jazz legends. Dec. 22 at the fabulous Fox Theatre, Detroit. $18-$78. 248-433-1515.
Tecumseh Center for the Arts TCA Big Band combines a holiday concert with a food drive for the local food bank. Dec. 15. Tecumseh: 517-423-6617.
Wharton Center The Kenny G “Holiday Tour 2007.” Dec. 19 in Cobb Great Hall. $28-$48. East Lansing: 800-WHARTON.
Woodside Church Woodside’s Jazz Vespers is a coffee-house style worship service focused on “Listening to the Sounds of Christmas,” featuring Woodside friends. Dec. 21. Flint: 810-767-4911.


Collingwood Arts Center The Vintage Movie Series continues with “The Inspector General.” Dec. 23. $5. Toledo: 800-838-3006.
Detroit Film Theatre Celebrating 30 years as one of America’s most comprehensive, popular acclaimed showcases of contemporary and classic world cinema. DFT at the Detroit Institute of Arts. $7.50. Detroit: 313-833-3237.
FIA Theater Quality avant-garde, independent and international films that otherwise would not be seen in the Flint area. FIA Theater at the Flint Institute of Arts. Every weekend, Fri-Sun. $6. Flint: 810-234-1695.
Michigan Theater Ann Arbor’s daily selection of specialty cinema, including documentaries, independent, foreign, and classic films ($8.50); plus the free Holiday Classic Film Series presents three films from the 1940s, and a favorite from the 1990s. Every Sunday at 4 p.m. through Dec. 23. Ann Arbor: 734-668-TIME.
The Mitten Movie Project A filmmaking collective that exhibits the work of filmmakers in Michigan on the first Tuesday of every month. Main Art Theatre. $10-$11. Royal Oak: 248-346-8449.
Redford Theatre An historic 1928 movie house in northwest Detroit with an original Barton Theatre Pipe Organ that presents classic film series, organ concerts and special events in a beautifully restored setting. $4/regular tickets; $5/special movie tickets. Detroit: 313-537-2560.
Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts West Michigan’s “best alternative film theater” presents cutting edge movies seven days a week. $4-$7. Grand Rapids: 616 454 3994 .


EchoVerse Poetry Series & Slam Enjoy national and local feature performances, in the city’s most nurturing environment for creative expression every. Every Friday at the Java Exchange Cafe in Detroit’s TechTown. $5-$7. Detroit: 313-822-6456.
Shaman Drum Bookshop Events for young and old; call for details. Ann Arbor: 734-662-7407.
UICA Writers’ Studio A weekly gathering that provides criticism and inspiration to those whose passion is writing. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. Every Wed. beginning at 6:30 p.m. Grand Rapids: 616-454-7000.


ARAB AMERICAN NATIONAL MUSEUM – has released “Telling Our Story: The Arab American National Museum,” a new book that recounts the five-year odyssey that led to the 2005 opening of the first-ever Aram American museum, 313-582-2266; CITY OF FARMINGTON HILLS – presents “Holiday Ballroom Extravaganza,” a benefit to raise funds for Farmington Hills Meals on Wheels, Dec. 21, 248-473-1830; EISENHOWER DANCE ENSEMBLE – is moving to a larger facility closer to downtown Rochester, with an Open house planned for Jan. 12 and new classes beginning in January, 248-852-5850; FLINT INSTITUTE OF ARTS – was honored with the Arts/Cultural Organization Award at last month’s 2007 Governor’s Awards for Arts & Culture.

Ann Arbor Civic Theatre and the Firefly Club present a benefit show, “Steppin’ Out V: Civic Does the Season” on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at the Firefly Club, 637 S. Main St., two blocks south of downtown Ann Arbor. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m.
“Civic Does the Season” rings in the holidays with classic and not-so classic tunes, including favorites from “Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” A2CT’s finest performers will be on hand as well as guest performers with a special multi-song preview of A2CT’s upcoming production of “Bat Boy: The Musical.”
Tickets are $15 each for general admission and $25 for reserved seating. Tickets are available at the A2CT’s box office, 322 W. Ann St., by calling the office at 734-971-2228, or at the door of the Firefly before each performance.
Donald V. Calamia

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